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April 30, 2021

Website Development Cost Breakdown

April 30, 2021
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As Bill Gates shrewdly pointed out, ”If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business.”

According to Think with Google, 47% of all purchases are done online. However, although it’s 2021, more than one in four small businesses (28%) don’t have a website and 44% only plan to create one. What they miss is the market of 4.66 billion active internet users who make purchases every day. An important factor whether to choose a particular service provider or product is the website’s UX/UI. 75% of internet users form their opinion of a business based on the website’s aesthetics and functionality.

In this article, we’ll talk about what it takes to have a website that people love. We’ll give you a detailed website creation cost breakdown, including design and development.

CMS-based Websites

Websites can be developed from scratch and be based on CMS. A Content Management System (CMS) is software that is used for creating, managing, and editing a website even if you don’t have any specialized technical skills or knowledge. 

A website developed from scratch is the right option when it:

  • contains static data
  • doesn’t require content update
  • needs to have an ultra-fast load page load time

CMS-based websites considerably reduce website development time. They have a variety of off-the-shelf solutions which can be easily customized to business needs. CMS-based websites support registration, user management, third-party integrations, collaboration tools, and many other functions. CMS is of great help when you plan to grow your website, require constant access to the admin panel and need to continuously update your website content.

Popular Content Management System Examples

Although the following systems are all designed for content management, they serve different purposes.


It is the most popular content management system with the largest market share amongst its competitors: used by over 40% of websites. The New York Times, BBC America, TED Blog, TechCrunch, and Forbes are all WordPress-based.

This CMS is designed for landing pages, multiple-page websites, online shops (with up to 500 items), and blogs. WordPress boasts powerful SEO instruments that help to promote your products and services. 


It is the second most popular content management system example. It is not as beginner-friendly as WordPress, but it is very flexible in a number of aspects of web development and creation. Like WordPress, Joomla is also an open-source CMS that enables users to build engaging and professional-looking web pages without having the need to code. It offers multilingual support and a variety of templates at once on the same website for different types of content.

Shopify, Tilda, and Wix

These are website builders that allow you to create personal websites and online shops without any coding knowledge. It’s great to start with, but won’t be enough when your business grows. Such website builders have limited functionality without customization options.

Opencart and Drupal

These content management systems are designed especially for online shops. Opencart has basic functionality, such as adding and managing your products, letting your customers use a shopping cart to buy them, and then processing their orders. Drupal is a more flexible system that allows you to create a multi-functional website. Modularity is one of Drupal’s core principles. Its tools help you build a versatile and structured content that dynamic web experiences need.

Website Development Cost Breakdown

Let’s assume that we need to build a website for a small business. Generally, it will take from 5 to 10 web pages. Further, you’ll find a step-by-step creation process with website development charges.

Roll-out and pre-tune

Considering project peculiarities we prepare a framework for the future website.

Takes from 3 to 5 hours. 

Create a landing page

This is the title page of the website that contains key information about the business and what it has to offer.

Development time — 18 – 22 hours (frontend), 4 – 6 hours (backend).

Create interior pages

Usually, such pages have similar structure and design, so successive pages will take less time to develop.

Development time — 8 – 12 hours for the first interior page (frontend), 4 – 6 hours for the first page (backend) plus 2 – 3 hours for each successive page.

Work on the admin panel

At this stage, we create unique fields in the admin panel, which will be used by the editor to update website content. 

 Development time — 8 – 12 hours (backend).

Develop technical pages

These are 404 Error, Personal Privacy, Terms and Conditions pages. PP and T&C pages usually have no special design, so they take less time to develop. Technical pages may also include catalog pages and subsections.

Development time:
404 page — 3 – 4 hours (frontend), 1 hour (backend)
Personal Privacy and Terms & Conditions pages — 4 – 6 hours (frontend).

Catalog pages and subsections without search filters — 8 – 12 (frontend), 8 – 12 (backend)

Enable form submission

It includes creating a feedback form, a letter to a user, a letter to the administrator, a message about the successful or unsuccessful operation, field validation, a checkbox with consent on personal data processing policy, and data collection from the page where the form was sent. It also includes a news subscription.

Development time:
News subscription — 4 – 6 hours
Feedback form submission — 8 – 12 hours (frontend), 12 – 16 hours (backend).

Localize the website

It can be as many languages as you need. Here we’ll talk about one language.

Development time — 3 hours per page (front end).

Test 15% of the project

You have to stabilize and optimize download speed.

Development time — 12 – 16 hours (frontend & backend).

Adjust SEO tools

It includes:

  • Free Google tools to track website performance, create code for custom events, and track website performance, keywords, as well as web errors.
  • Robots.txt — a text file that tells search engine robots which pages you would like them not to visit.
  • Sitemap.xml allows informing search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling.
  • Meta tags have a huge impact on site ranks and the relevance of the page to the search words.
  • Rich snippets allow changing the way the page is seen in SERP.

Development time — starts from 22 hours per project.

Any questions? Drop us a line.


Website Custom Design Cost

As with website development, Itexus website design services include designing your website from scratch or using templates. Let’s get a more detailed view of the two design options.

  • Templates are great when a client has no requirements to design. Templates save time but, usually, have a lot of odd elements and don’t have the ones you need. That’s why they have to be customized.
    The cost varies from 50$ to 200$ per template. The setting and customization will take from 4 to 18 hours, on average.
  • Custom design makes your website unique and promotes brand recognition.

The custom design will take from 12 to 16 hours of work per unique page. However, if the page is long and includes animation or other special effects, the work will take around 40 hours.

Website Maintenance Cost

Website maintenance is the act of regularly checking your website for issues and mistakes and keeping it relevant. It includes several manipulations:

  • Autotests for feedback forms.
    One-time setup will take from 8 to 12 hours plus monthly check-up — approx. 4 hours.
  • Keeping SSL certificates up-to-date
    (a free certificate — once in 3 months will take one hour.)
  • Bug fixes per request
    Starting from 4 hours.


Itexus designs and develops responsive, fast, and user-friendly websites that help our clients unlock the potential of their businesses, increase conversion, and improve brand awareness. Contact us for a consultation!

Here’s the ballpark estimate of our work:
– Custom landing page — from 30 hours . It will take from 3 to 5 working days to send data from one form to the endpoint.
– Landing page on WordPress — from 40 hours .
– 5-10 page website — from 100 hours .
The exact estimates depend on your requirements. In general, the whole process will take from 200 to 300 hours .

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